BIG ROCK: Fair boating conditions for last weekday of fishing; Mercenaria holding lead

Mercenaria caught this 572.6-pound fish on Monday.
Mercenaria caught this 572.6-pound fish on Monday.(WITN)
Published: Jun. 16, 2022 at 8:50 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2022 at 8:28 AM EDT
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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WITN) - Boaters should expect fair boating conditions for the last weekday of the Big Rock Blue Marlin fishing tournament in Morehead City.

Those hitting the water Friday will see 10-20 knot South West winds with two to four foot surf for most areas. However, waves will be higher between Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout which will see four to six foot surf.

Boaters might have to dodge a few showers early this afternoon near Big Rock landing otherwise it will be sunny and partly cloudy.

Miss Wy and Breakwater both weighed in their blue marlins Thursday evening at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Miss Wy’s fish weighed in at 454.1 pounds and Breakwater’s weighed in at 427.8. Neither of those weights cracked the top three on the leaderboard.

No other boats caught blue marlins Thursday.

266 boats were on the water off the Morehead City coast for day four of the annual tournament while 11 teams took a lay day.

Boaters have been looking to knock Mercenaria from its lengthy lead at the top of the leaderboard.

A boat from New Bern brought in the sixth blue marlin in this year’s Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament on Wednesday.

Just before 11:00 a.m., Builder’s Choice boated the fish. It weighed in at 479.7 pounds at Big Rock Landing.

No other boat caught a blue marlin on the third day of the tournament.

There were a lot more fishermen on the hunt Wednesday for a record-breaking marlin following Tuesday’s bumpy waters and stronger winds. No blue marlins were boated Tuesday.

The tournament says 230 boats were out on the water Wednesday while 36 took a lay day.

Just 38 boats decided Tuesday to head out into the Atlantic, while 228 chose the day as one of their two lay days, anticipating slightly bumpy waters and stronger winds.

Day one finished with five marlins being caught.

Mercenaria boated the current first-place 572.6-pound big blue at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The owners of the boat won $777,750 for the catch in the Fabulous Fisherman’s contest. They can still win a grand prize of $3.4 million in total.

Later that day, Wall Hanger boated a big blue around 5:06 p.m. Just after 7:30 p.m., their catch weighed in at 556.4 pounds, good for second place.

At 2:53 p.m. Monday, tournament staff said High Yield also boated a blue marlin. At 5 p.m., High Yield’s catch weighed in at 536.8 pounds, good enough for third place in the tournament.

The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament leaderboard currently looks like this:

1stMercenaria572.6 pounds
2ndWall Hanger556.4 pounds
3rdHigh Yield536.8 pounds

This is the 64th year for the tournament, with 266 boats competing for the record purse of $5,858,875.

The tournament runs through Saturday.

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